Events and Programs


Spirit of Preservation Celebration Friday May 9, 2014 at 6 pm



What: Spirit of Preservation Celebration

Where: The Saratoga Automobile Museum at 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

When: Friday, May 9th 2014 from 6pm – 10pm

The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation invites you to the Preservation Celebration honoring the Saratoga Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library and the Saratoga Spa State Park and its partners on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. The Spirit of Preservation Award honors organizations and individuals who, through their vision and dedication, have fostered historic preservation in Saratoga Springs and contributed to the overall quality of life in our City. There will be a cash bar, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and specialty food stations.  Tickets are $55 for members, $65 for non-members and $40 for those age 40 and under.

The Saratoga Spa State Park and its partners will be recognized for the special private/public partnerships that have helped preserve one of the crown jewels of the New York State park system.  The park is not only home to a dedicated staff; it is home to a diverse group of friends and partners.  The National Museum of Dance and the Saratoga Automobile have each taken historic structures that were no longer serving their original purpose and have successfully adapted them to be cultural destinations for our community and state.  The Friends of the Saratoga Spa State Park and the Friends of the Victoria Pool have been vocal advocates for specific features within the park and have raised funds to assist with those projects.  The Home Made Theater, Opera Saratoga, New York State Court System, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Waldorf School all make use of buildings that would otherwise remain vacant or under-utilized  Various private businesses have also played a critical role in preserving park amenities such as the Spa Golf Course, the Gideon Putnam Hotel, and the Roosevelt Bath House. Heather Mabee, Chair of New York State Parks Saratoga-Capital District Region Commission, will accept the award on behalf of the park and its many partners.

This year the Saratoga Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library will be honored for its contributions to preserving the rich architecture and history of Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Room has a diverse local history collection that includes books, photographs, maps, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, posters, and audio-visual materials.  The collection brings to life our community’s colorful history on a wide variety of subjects: people, buildings and sites, businesses and organizations, cemeteries, gambling, geology, horse racing, hotels, neighborhoods and streets, railroads, and significant events. Established in 1972, the Saratoga Room is now home to several significant collections and serves as a valuable resource for research and learning.  It serves a critical role in preserving our architectural and cultural heritage. Issac Pulver, Director, and Teri Blasko, Local History Librarian, will accept the award on behalf of the Library.

Special thanks to our corporate sponsors for this event:


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 Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture, PLLC

Frost Hurff Architects

Nolan Certified Public Accounting Services

Pfeil & Company, Inc.

Prudential Manor Homes, Realtors

The Inn at Saratoga

24th Annual Candlelight House Tour, Friday December 6, 2013

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On Friday, December 62013 the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will celebrate its 24th Annual Candlelight House Tour through seven beautiful homes and one carriage house in the historic east side of Saratoga Springs.  Homes are located on Lake, York, Fifth, Madison and Union Avenues. This highly anticipated event has been a holiday tradition in Saratoga Springs for over 23 years and is attended by hundreds of people each year. The homes on this year’s tour will be graciously decorated and a joy to behold. Following the tour, guests enjoy a reception and silent auction event with food and music at Union Gables Bed & Breakfast.

Silent auction items this year include:

The silent auction has many items that are great for holiday gifts or for yourself! Check out highlights here. Hot Air Balloon Ride by Equinox Balloons A weekend stay at Great Camp Sagamore Tickets to the New York City Ballet compliments of SPAC An overnight stay at the Georgian Lakeside Resort in Lake George Gift basket of wine, cheese, and crackers from Basket Case Tickets to Sister Act at Proctors Theater in Schenectady Other overnight stays at local bed & breakfasts and hotels Gift certificates for downtown Saratoga Springs restaurants Child Session with CMP Photography Tickets to Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown Massage by One Roof Handmade jewelry and scarves Gift basket from Sanctuary Smile Toys from G. Willikers Toy Store Class for two at Native Flowers Emma Dodge Hansen Photography Photo Shoot One and half hour session with White Feather Healing

Tour-Only and Tour & After Party Tickets are still available!

Tickets can be purchased over the phone at (518) 587-5030 or at 112 Spring Street until 7:30pm.

$40 Member Tour Only Ticket /$50 Tour Only Ticket $75 Member Tour & Reception/$85 Tour & Reception Ticket

*Tickets are non-refundable.  If you are unable to attend, your purchase is considered at tax-deductible donation to the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation.

Special Thanks To Our Gold


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New York Racing Association

Pietrosanto Insurance Agency

Redbud Developement

Saratoga Builders

Saratoga Living Magazine

Teakwood Builders

Combined Gold Sponsors

 Special Thanks To Our Silver Sponsors

Aquaturf Irrigation

Frost Hurff Architects

Grippo & Son Construction

Silverwood Gallery

Combined Silver Sponsors


 2013 Pints For Preservation Pub Crawl


Tickets available at the Start!  Olde Bryan Inn, Saturday October 19th, 2pm

Purchase your ticket individually ($35), as a couple ($60) or as a group of 4 ($115).

The Pints for Preservation Pub Crawl is the perfect way to sample local brews and bars in Saratoga Springs, all the while benefiting the Spirit of Life and Spencer Trask Memorial Restoration Campaign. The Crawl features an architectural Scavenger Hunt, Raffle Prizes, Bar Specials and the chance to win the Major Award.

Gather your family and friends and save Saturday, October 19th in your calendars for Pints for Preservation.

Participating pubs included Olde Bryan Inn, The Merry Monk, Gaffney’s, Desperate Annie’s, Druthers, Seven Horse Pub and The Irish Times.

The crawl will begin with registration at 2pm at the Olde Bryan Inn and continue through to the last pub, The Irish Times, at 8pm, where raffle winners will be drawn and prize winners announced.

Pub Crawl Registration will take place on Saturday October 19th at 2:00pm at the first pub, the Olde Bryan Inn. All participants will be required to register and show valid ID upon arrival! Please register with your fellow crawlers if you purchased as a couple or group.

Each participant will receive a Pub Crawl t-shirt and pint glass, to use throughout the crawl, while supplies last.

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September 23rd, Dee Sarno Theather, 7pm: Public Meeting on the Spirit of Life & Spencer Trask Memorial Restoration

On Monday, September 23rd at 7PM the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will host a public meeting about the restoration of the Spirit of Life and Spencer Trask Memorial in Congress Park.  The meeting will be held at the Dee Sarno Theater at Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway. The Foundation is working in partnership with the City of Saratoga Springs to restore the locally and nationally significant Memorial.  This spring the City hired two expert preservation consultants to assess the condition of the masonry architectural setting and the surrounding landscape as well as recommend restoration measures.  At the meeting, Martha Lyon, landscape architect, and Dan Wilson, architect, will present a historic overview of the Memorial, condition assessment findings, and treatment recommendations.   The public is encouraged to attend this information meeting, ask questions, and provide feedback about the project. In 1913, Katrina Trask, philanthropist, Yaddo founder, and Saratoga resident, along with George Foster Peabody, commissioned the Memorial to honor her late husband, Spencer Trask and his efforts to protect and preserve Saratoga’s natural springs while further beautifying Congress Park.  The work for the Memorial was completed by two significant Americans, sculptor Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon, who also designed and executed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.  French created the bronze sculpture, Spirit of Life, while Bacon designed the masonry architectural setting.  The surrounding landscape was designed by Charles Leavitt, Jr., who had designed the 1912 General Plan for Congress Park  following the demolition of the Congress Hotel and the 1902 Master Plan of Saratoga Race Course. For more information please contact the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation at (518) 587-5030. 2013_summer_stroll_old_skidmore_ad

Summer Sunday Stroll A Look Back: The First Skidmore

September 1 10:30am NW Corner of Regent & Spring Street Explore the first Skidmore College campus, which began as the Young Women’s Industrial Club, including buildings ranging from Regent Street to Union Avenue. Buildings include Skidmore’s Theater, Gymnasium, SKidmore Hall, Moore Hall, and others. Learn more the foundation of the College and its growth in Saratoga. $5 Members $8 Non-Members     the_gut

Summer Sunday Stroll Down in the Valley: Exploring “The Gut”

August 25 10:30am SW Corner of Phila & Putnam Streets (Ben & Jerry’s) Ellen Steinberger will conduct a tour of the area behind Broadway known as The Gut. This was home to many working class fmaily businesses and important contributions from Saratoga’s Jewish Community from any years. Learn more about this fascinating area. $5 Members $8 Non-Members